Ricky Qi is filmmaker and photographer. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego, Ricky based himself in China, working from Shanghai and Beijing for four years as a photographer for National Geographic as well as a director and producer of documentaries and various commercial work

Having spent his life managing the cultural distance between his ancestry in Asia and his home in the United States, his work has focused on documenting and presenting cultures and lifestyles in Asia, and are attempts to understand the dynamics between cultures by examining the extremities of change. His work has spanned the deserts of the Taklamakan Basin in Xinjiang to the Kham region Tibet, as well as the Hengduan Mountain Range in Yunnan and the Altai in Mongolia.

Ricky currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

For inquiries, please email: Rickyqi@gmail.com


Early Career Explorer's Grantee, National Geographic Society
Explorer of the Year, Wild China
TEDx Presenter, "Going Between Extremes: Life in the Pendulum", TEDxUCSD